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11  $6 Candy Corn Inspired Nails for Autumn/Fall in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: October 01, 2011 06:03:24 PM
Happy Autumn! I dont know about where you live, but we are CELEBRATING down here in Florida! We have been pretty consistently in the 90s for ages it seems and its FINALLY getting a little cooler!

In honor of our non-sweatering-melt-when-you-walk-out-the-door-and-drip-in-humidity weather, I have decided to do another round of marble nails inspired by candy corn and beautiful fall and autumn colors, all for $6 dollars! I made a complete list of my processes and colors I used (with commentary, of course!) and listed it out in detail here: http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/10/6-candy-corn-inspired-nails-for.html

Take a look! I need to do a tad more cleaning up, but I just HAD to share with you! I love them!

They look absolutely adorable out in the sun. I think these are great because they arent too in your face orange-y , but still give off that candy corn vibe. These have such a great shimmer to them and look amazingly shiny and sparkly in the sun!

What do you think of them?

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12  Very Berry Nut Muffins! Nutritious and delicious! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: September 27, 2011 05:36:42 PM
Very Berry Nut Muffins! Nutritious and delicious!

Tried and true, these are by far my FAVORITE muffins! Add a little spread of cream cheese and ohh! Im in heaven!  Obviously Im not a nutritionist, but for the amount of berries and nuts in here add a little bit of healthy-ness to your daily routine, and make for a great morning snack. Now, if you layer on the cream cheese, maaayybbee its not so much on the healthy side, but thats beside the point.

The berry and nut combination can be used with whatever you have on hand. Ive made it with frozen berries, like the ones for smoothies, fresh berries, freshly frozen fresh berries, everything! Nuts, whatever YOU like and you have on hand works! This is just my favorite combination!

Recipe and somewhat lengthy suggestions included if you are interested in trying them!

Is it too much berry for you?
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13  1 Prep Bag Wonder Dinner! Buffalo Burgers & Savory Baked Potato Wedges in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: September 15, 2011 02:09:05 PM
Hi all!

I have recently started sharing some of my recipes that I make frequently and are pretty much fool proof! Today I am sharing with you my "Easy" & "Easier" Versions of My 1 Bag Prep Dinner. This time it is my yummy Buffalo Burgers & Savory Baked Potato Wedges Recipe. I literally use 1 bag to prep and season all of it!

I have included directions and recipes for this here:

It is kind of lengthy because I put lots of procedural pictures and my comments in it, so I dont want to post it all over craftser because I dont know how many people are actually interested!

I love this recipe because it is by far one of the easiest to make in a hurry, and to clean up! The quantities in this recipe are based on feeding 2 people, but you can easily crank up with scale with ease.

I hope this inspires you to make your version (or mine!) of this super easy meal! Any questions? Comments? Please share!

Thanks for looking!!
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14  Free Up-cycled Make-Up Holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: September 08, 2011 01:22:14 PM
Today I would like to share with you something that I have up-cycled into a very handy tool! This is my new counter friendly, space saving make up and goodies holder! What do you think?

If you look closely it is actually an old make up rack used from a local Walgreens cosmetics wall. They were setting up their new cosmetics wall for the incoming season. They were tossing out TONS of these! I couldnt resist, I just had to take some!

I went into a bit more of the how to and assembly details (with a lot more larger scale pictures for your viewing pleasure) on my blog in the event you wanted to attempt something like this: http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/09/free-up-cycled-make-up-holder.html

Thank you for looking! I'd love to hear what you thought about this creation!!
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15  In My World, This Is What Flowers Look Like in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: September 07, 2011 06:24:49 PM

I have had this series of flowers done for a few weeks now, and have been putting off photographing them for some reason. I think its because I am debating if they are truly finished or not. I also was debating if I wanted to enter them in the Challenge 66, "Inspired By Nature". I did two projects during that time frame, these, and my awesome (if I do say so myself!) Stormy Glass Mountain which I entered (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390085.msg4618194#msg4618194) I hope I made the right choice there!

I really love these, and they brighten up out little hallway so nicely! I had to crank up the exposure on my camera because there is just not a lot of natural light in the area unfortunately. Less talking, more pictures!

If you are interested in more of the technique and "story" if you will, of this series, I did a mini write up of it: http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-my-world-this-is-what-flowers-look.html , but in the mean time, I really wanted to share with you guys and hear what you had to say about them! I hope you like them Smiley
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16  Stormy Glass Mountain in CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: September 05, 2011 02:26:40 PM
I would like to present you with my entry for the Craftster Challenge # 66 Inspired By Nature:

This mountain is hand crafted by layers of paper Mache and is painted with acrylic paint. The trees and waterfall are made of broken glass. The thunderous storm cloud is simple foam board and holographic gift bag bedding.  As you can see in the pictures, the rain cloud is able to rotate and twirl to better add to the effect of a rainstorm.

The concept of this piece is based on some of my favorite things; glass projects and thunderstorms! I figured why not combine my two loves into one! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! It was such a fun project to work on.

If you are interested in seeing more pictures and details on the construction of this project, I have a write up of it in my blog:

Thank you for looking! I'd love to hear what you think about this! Smiley
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17  Yummy Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: August 30, 2011 07:51:59 PM
I swear Pinterest is going to make me fat! Every day I feel like I am constantly repining recipes that look SO good, and arent particularly healthy. But thats ok, my limited baking skills prevent me from actually making (and eating) everything I see.

One of the healthier finds Ive been fortunate to come across, is this recipe found here: http://pinterest.com/pin/144350318/ which I have adapted and altered just a little bit. Here is my version of it prepped and ready to go:

If you want the instructions, measurements and exact details of what I did, I have it listed in a mini tut here : http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/08/yummy-slow-cooker-pineapple-chicken.html

I just served my Yummy Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken over a heap of fresh white rice and some steamed veggies. I wanted to get more pictures but it was flying out quicker than I could set it on the counter long enough to take a good picture. It made the whole house smell soooooo good!

Thanks for looking! I hope you try this! It was soooo easy and absolutely delicious!
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18  Reconstructed shirt into home organizer! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: August 28, 2011 05:05:32 PM
I hope this is in the right category, if not let me know and I'll move it!

I needed a space I could put the plastic bags that I get from the grocery stores, my kitchen linens and towels, and any other bags like the ones you put fruit in, or oversized plastic bags from wherever else. My solution? Put them in a shirt!

It may not look like much, but it really holds a lot! Take a look at how I have it categorized:

I really like this, and I'm sure you creative ladies (and guys! all 4 of you....) can reuse this concept for other creations in the future. If you want to see more of the details and process of creating this, I have a mini tutorial for reference: http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/08/reconstructed-shirt-into-home-organizer.html

Overall, it gets the job done, and doesnt take up any of my precious counter space! Cant complain about that! Plus, I feel better for still doing a mini project on such an incredibly lazy feeling Sunday! Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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19  Pre-loved to Sparkly Jeweled Picture Frame! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: August 26, 2011 01:38:39 PM
As part of my efforts to try and not start new projects that require a trip to the craft store, I went through my stashes and found things here and there that I had mostly forgotten that I had. I am debating if I want to continue using this as a picture frame, or if I want to take this one step further.  While I was digging through my piles, I came across a spool of black shiny ribbon that is probably an inch or so wide. In my head I am going back and forth about if I should run that ribbon across the back of the frame in spaced out rows, instead of putting glass in, and use it to hang earrings and other light jewelry.

I have more specific details of what exactly I did here http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/08/pre-loved-to-sparkly-jeweled-picture.html if you are interested in seeing more of the process.

After spending an enormous time going through piles of things I thought were long gone, this is my outcome:

As I was taking the pictures, our cat seemed most interested in why I was in her little sunning area, and I could not get her to stay out of the way for the life of me, so I figured Id share:

I hope you enjoyed looking at my most recent creation! I can wait to hear your feedback!

Do you think I should keep it as a picture frame (and most likely put some engagement photos in it) or turn it into a jewelry display?
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20  Sparkly Gradient Nails For $5! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Sparkly Sharp Fabulous on: August 23, 2011 01:49:18 PM
I have been watching so many nail art videos lately, and have a list longer then I care to admit of all sorts of great techniques and ideas that I want to try. I figured it was about time that I actually stopped watching hours of instructional videos and actually gave it a go!
Heres a quick look of them out in the sun:

After I made my decision to try out gradient nails, I stopped over in my local Walgreens to help gather some nail polishes that were all in the same color scheme.  Luckily for me I found that the Sinful line was all 99 cents a bottle!  And some of the brands such as Rimmel and Sally Hansen had a lot of clearance bottles. Obviously these are not exactly top of the line nail products by any means, but they are cheap and right now, thats all I need to hear right now!

This look was created with the polishes listed  here, as well as instructions about layering the different polishes:

I hope you like them! Comments and suggestions are always welcomed Smiley
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